The administration also will make available $50 million in rental vouchers to income-eligible trailer occupants who move to targeted housing projects, and take over from Louisiana the job of helping residents find permanent homes, said a senior White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity before the formal announcement.
"We knew we needed to bring this program to a close," the official said. "We also want to ensure a humane and secure transition for all of them."
The sale option comes weeks after the trailer program formally ended May 1, and after Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said they could begin officially referring cases for eviction June 1.
FEMA typically provides disaster aid for 18 months. It extended assistance for 45 months since Katrina hit in August 2005.
About 1,150 families in FEMA housing live in units the agency classifies as mobile homes and park models, which will be offered for sale at $5 and $1, respectively. FEMA expects to free up an additional 600 to 700 units from its inventory to donate through state and local governments and nonprofit groups, the administration official said. Individuals who previously bought units will be offered refunds.
Frankly, this sounded too good to be true-and I immediately got suspicious. Then I remembered something I heard about these mobile homes. All I have time to link to is this, but I'm sure there are other articles a Google search away:
But once again, the infamous FEMA trailers are in the news.
After buying thousands and thousands of trailers that ended up sitting in vacant lots, FEMA wanted to cuts its losses by selling them -- at a big loss.
Well, that plan didn't work out either. Now FEMA's buying them back -- for the same price it paid.. But that's the least of the problem.
There's formaldehyde in the trailers, and people have been getting sick.
That wasn't part of FEMA's disaster planning. But then, as we all know by now, there was so much missing from FEMA's planning.
And now, nearly two and a half years later, taxpayers are still paying the price.
What was that saying about "you get what you pay for"?
Edited by Ghost Rider, 03 June 2009 - 11:29 AM.